Flowcharts

The flowcharts are designed to help editors follow COPE’s Core Practices and implement its advice when faced with cases of suspected misconduct and have been translated into a number of different languages. They can be downloaded individually (English only) or as a complete set.

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Complete set

English: all flowcharts

Translated verions of this complete set are available on our Translated Resources page

Fabrication

What to do if you suspect image manipulation in a published article

Journal Management/Publication Process

Systematic manipulation of the publication process

General Approach to Publication Ethics for the Editorial Office

Ethical problems

What to do if you suspect an ethical problem

Peer review

What to do if you suspect peer review manipulation

COPE's flowchart on what to do if you suspect peer review manipulation discovered either during or after the peer review process.

What to do if you suspect a reviewer has appropriated an author’s idea or data